Choosing a Mesothelioma Lawyer

Mesothelioma Law

Mesothelioma Law


Mesothelioma is a very rare form of cancer that affects the protective lining that covers many internal organs in the human body, called the mesothelium. In recent years the rate of Mesothelioma has sky rocketed because one of the leading causes of the cancer is exposure to asbestos fibers. Exposure to asbestos commonly manifests as mesothelioma of the lung. The first sign of Mesothelioma is shortness of breath as the fluid between the lung and the chest wall builds up (pleural effusion) and the disease is diagnosed by a chest X-Ray or CT scan. Other symptoms include unexplained weight loss and chest pain.

Even with the use of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, the prognosis for mesothelioma sufferers is very poor with only 10% of Mesothelioma sufferers surviving more than 4 years. Between 1999 and 2005 Mesothelioma claimed more than 18’000 lives in the United States.

Because of the nature of this disease, many people consider filing a lawsuit against the employer that may have exposed them to this dangerous substance. But what is the first step? This article offers some insight as to what you should look for when selecting a lawyer for your Mesothelioma lawsuit.

Mesothelioma is one of the most expensive forms of cancer to treat, and because it affects the patients breathing, it severely damages the quality of life that a person may have before succumbing to the illness. Because the illness is terminal, families often lose their primary bread winner to the illness leading to financial hardship.

Filing a lawsuit against the business responsible for the exposure to asbestos can allow you to pay for expensive medical bills as well as provide for your family after you have passed away, however finding the right attorney is critical.

Numerous law firms say they are able to represent you in a mesothelioma law suit, but actually don’t have a great deal of experience in these kinds of cases. Mesothelioma is a highly complex disease and the laws pertaining to liability from asbestos exposure differ greatly between different states. That means a high level of expertise is required on the lawyers part, to ensure that the case is argued properly.

If your attorney doesn’t have a proper understanding of the laws involved in the state in which the case will be tried, or doesn’t have a successful track record in these kinds of cases, you are putting your settlement at risk. So now you know that choosing the right lawyer can have a critical impact on your chances of winning the case, so how do you pick the right one? Ask these simple questions to determine is the lawyer is the right fit to represent you in a mesothelioma court case:

Q1. How long has your law firm been representing people in mesothelioma cases?

You need to establish exactly how much experience the law firm or attorney has with these kinds of cases. If the firm has been doing these kinds of cases for many years, they will most likely have expert witnesses and medical practitioners who can give evidence backing up your claim. If they have experience with mesothelioma they will also understand how much these kinds of cases can pay out and what amount of money you will require to pay your medical bills and provide for your family.

An experienced law firm might even be familiar with medical details of the disease itself and can make suggestions based upon their experience with other mesothelioma afflicted people. A firm with little experience might struggle with the finer details, and might not always get things right immediately. Due to it’s complexity, mesothelioma court cases do greatly benefit from having experienced lawyers at the helm.

Q2. How many mesothelioma cases have you handled and how many have you won

Get the specifics of how many cases they have won and what kind of success rate they have had. Even if they have been doing mesothelioma work for many years, they still might be bad at actually winning cases! If they claim to have been doing mesothelioma cases for 10 years but only have 1 case per year and have only won 3 cases, they may not have the necessary experience or skills required to win your case. A firm that has only been doing mesothelioma lawsuits for 4 years but has done 150 of them with a success rate of 80% would be a far better choice.

Q3. What kinds of compensation did the other cases obtain

Some law firms might be great at winning cases, but only sue for 50% the amount that other law firms are able to achieve. Ask what kinds of compensation the lawyers have achieved for their past clients. If they have a high success rate, lots of experience, and a track record of great outcomes, you may have hit the jackpot.

Q4. In which locales can you hand mesothelioma law suits?

Some law firms are only able to handle mesothelioma law suits in particular areas. Where you file the mesothelioma and where the incidents occurred plays a role in determining the outcome of the case and it is helpful to have a lawyer experienced with the specific location. If the lawyer has only ever handled mesothelioma cases in Los Angeles, but the disease was contracted while in Pennsylvania, the laws might be significantly different. Make sure your lawyer is familiar with the mesothelioma laws in the state in which you were injured.

Q5. Do you have a good rapport with the lawyer, does he seem trustworthy, does he have a good reputation?

It is also very important to make sure you get along with your lawyer, that he treats you with respect and appreciates the pain you may be going through. You should find a lawyer that is trustworthy and that you have a good rapport with – after all you will be working with their person for many months. You are also placing a great deal of trust and your family’s future in his hands, so you need to make sure he is an honest and competent lawyer with whom you can talk to comfortably.

Also you should use word of mouth to help you find the right lawyer. Did any other workers where you worked get mesothelioma? Did they find good lawyers and obtain good good payouts? If they had good experiences with their lawyer, perhaps you should consider using the same lawyer. You can also use law forums to discuss your case with other people affected by mesothelioma to ask them about their experiences.